How to Get Your Cat Certified as a Therapy Cat #therapy #cat,


How to Get Your Cat Certified as a Therapy Cat

It shouldn t surprise any cat person that cats make wonderful therapy animals. We all know how soothing and therapeutic a little cat love can be. It s incredible how kitties can shift your mood so quickly, easing anxiety, erasing a bad day, and alleviating sadness. With a bit of training, you and your personal therapy cat might be an asset to others as well. Here s the scoop.

What are therapy cats?

Therapy cats and their handlers are trained to assist mentally, emotionally, or physically ailing humans in relaxation and healing.

Therapy cats are assets in many situations. One group that benefits greatly from a little cat-love therapy is children. Therapy cats have been used to help kids with developmental disorders like autism be more comfortable with the world around them. Therapy cats also pay visits to speech and hearing centers, schools, and hospitals, including children s hospitals.

Therapy cats help tremendously in nursing homes, where patients may welcome some fur time. And, for some patients with Alzheimer s, cats can often prompt pleasant memories.

Even some prisons leverage cat therapy to offer inmates some much-needed comfort and distraction.

What programs train and certify therapy cats?

A variety of organizations train and certify pet therapy teams (that s you and your cat, by the way!). Pet Partners is one of the most well-known national organizations that facilitates and promotes animal-assisted therapy and offers training and registration for therapy animal teams. Love on a Leash is another national organization. Some areas have local organizations, like the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association in Troy, Ohio.

To find the best option in your neck of the woods, search the Internet or check with your local humane society.

How do you and your cat become certified?

To train as an official cat-therapy team, you need to meet minimum requirements, which vary by the certifying organization. The Pet Partners program, for example, requires that the cat is at least one year old and has lived with you for at least six months. Cats should show no aggression towards people or other animals. Those are obvious requirements. There are less obvious things, like cats who eat a raw protein diet not being eligible to participate. Most programs also require that the cat be able to wear a leash and harness, mostly for the cat s own safety.

You ll likely first fill out a screening questionnaire. Once the organization has established that you and your cat meet the requirements, you ll complete training for either just you (the handler) or you and your cat. When that is finished, you and your cat undergo a live evaluation by a trained expert.

Then you submit all of this information, along with a fee (which varies by organization), to become a certified therapy team. Voila!

What kind of cat makes a good therapy cat?

Obviously, not all cats make good therapy cats. According to Pet Partners, animals who are calm, confident, friendly, and OK with unpredictable or new situations do well as therapy animals.

You can probably make the call about your own cat s future as a therapy kitty. My Romeo would not make a good therapy cat. He s loving and sweet but only on his own terms. Pugsley, on the other hand, would be awesome. He s a love bug. He doesn t mind being picked up by anyone and everyone, and new situations, people, or even other animals don t even phase him. Pugsley once walked right up to two dogs who came into his house, sniffed them both, yawned, and stretched out on the floor for a snooze. My guess is that snuggling with little kids or senior citizens would be right up Pugsley s alley.

Some people might scoff at the idea of a cat being a good therapy pet, but I say they re perfect for the job. What about you? Do you think cats are good therapy pets? Let us know what you think about therapy cats in the comments!

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Flood Damage Prevention

While fire may be a more common concern among homeowners, your home could in fact be as much as ten times more likely to be damaged by water than by fire.* Significant sources of water damage to one s property can come from weather-related moisture or flooding, including flooding from heavy rains, flash floods, dam and levee failures, tidal storm surges and mudflows. In addition, new construction of buildings, roads or bridges can alter the flow of water, increasing the potential for flooding.

Living in a high-risk flood zone can increase the likelihood of experiencing a flood, but being outside a high-risk zone does not mean homeowners are safe; flooding is always a possibility due to causes such as heavy rains, snowmelt and spring thaws.

Protecting Your Property Before, During and After a Flood

There are a number of things you can do to help minimize or prevent water damage to your property. Follow these tips to help prepare and recover from potentially costly flood damage.

Before the Flood:

  • Know your properties flood zone risk and evaluate your flood risk with this reference guide from IBHS.
  • Have your furnace, water heater and other permanent equipment elevated above the expected flood levels of your area.
  • Inspect sump pumps and drains regularly to ensure proper operation.
  • If you own a generator, have a licensed electrician provide a transfer switch to your sump pump so you can operate it in the event of flooding.
  • To help prevent sewage backup, have a licensed plumber install an interior or exterior backflow prevention valve.
  • Keep sandbags on hand to help divert unusually high water away from your foundation.
  • In snowy climates, flag drains to avoid plowing snow on top of them.
  • Learn the flood alert signals of your community.
  • Collect emergency building materials if you live in a frequently flooded area. These may include plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, shovels and sandbags.
  • Plan and practice an evacuation route. Designate a place for family members to meet in the event they become separated.
  • Review with all family members how to shut off utilities in an emergency.
  • Plan a survival kit with important documents, including insurance documents, medications and critical items in the event you need to leave your home.

During the Flood:

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest storm information. If advised to evacuate, shut off all utilities and evacuate immediately.
  • Move to high ground, avoid rising waters and do not walk or drive through any floodwaters.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.

After the Flood:

  • Listen to the radio and do not return home until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
  • Once allowed back into your home, inspect it for damage. If your property has been damaged, promptly report the loss.
  • Be watchful of snakes that may have found their way into your home.
  • Throw away all food that has come in contact with floodwaters.
  • Remove standing water as quickly as possible, including from your basement. If your basement is flooded, pump out about 1/3 of the water per day to avoid structural damage.
  • Properly dry or remove soaked carpets, padding and upholstery within 24-48 hours after a flood to prevent mold growth. Discard anything that cannot be properly dried.
  • Wash and disinfect all areas that have been flooded. This includes walls, floors, closets and shelves, as well as heating and air-conditioning systems. Do not energize electrical or electronic equipment that may have suffered water damage without first having a qualified electrician inspect and/or test it.

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Where every pet is treated like Royalty

We are a Las Vegas Luxury Pet Boarding Hotel dedicated to offering the best care and amenities to your cherished dog or cat. Our 21,000 sq ft pet hotel was designed with the best comfort in mind and we paid attention to every little detail so that your pet can relax and enjoy their stay. Plus, we ve recently expanded the outdoor area of our facility by 3,000 sq. ft! We offer a variety of services and amenities to suit the relation needs of your dog or cat. Feel free to give us a call at (702) 222-9220 and we can help plan your pet s luxurious stay.

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We pamper your beloved pet from the moment they walk in

Our standard and luxurious dog boarding in Las Vegas, NV is perfect for any dog that needs to be cared for while you are away. We ll treat them like one of our own. A full day of indoor and outdoor playtime is included!

Your dog or pet can enjoy a climate-controlled indoor obstacle play area or an outdoor area where they can splash around in the pool or hangout at one of our cabanas. Making new friends is just one of the benefits.

Our Las Vegas Kitty Suites and Kitty Villa are available to our cat guests. They are private, spacious and away from our dog guests for ultimate privacy and relaxation. Perfect for cats that want to relax and rest.

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Our spacious and luxurious rooms are sure to be a hit with your dog. Our queen-sized memory foam beds are super comfortable.

Your pet can enjoy a relaxing massage from our pet masseuse or if they need a little extra activity, our dog gym is a great option.

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Or, if you’re not sure where you’ll be stopping, then use our Search by Route feature. It will allow you the freedom and flexibility to find a pet-friendly lodging ANYWHERE along the route to your final destination. With, there’s less worry and more fun. How’s that for taking the hassle out of traveling with a pet?

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Cat predicts 50 deaths in RI nursing home #hospice #virginia

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Cat predicts 50 deaths in RI nursing home

Dr David Dosa . a geriatrician and assistant professor at Brown University, said that five years of records showed Oscar rarely erring, sometimes proving medical staff at the New England nursing home wrong in their predictions over which patients were close to death.

The cat, now five and generally unsociable, was adopted as a kitten at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Providence, Rhode Island, which specialises in caring for people with severe dementia.

Dr Dosa first publicised Oscar’s gift in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007. Since then, the cat has gone on to double the number of imminent deaths it has sensed and convinced the geriatrician that it is no fluke.

The tortoiseshell and white cat spends its days pacing from room to room, rarely spending any time with patients except those with just hours to live.

If kept outside the room of a dying patient, Oscar will scratch on the door trying to get in.

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When nurses once placed the cat on the bed of a patient they thought close to death, Oscar “charged out” and went to sit beside someone in another room. The cat’s judgement was better than that of the nurses: the second patient died that evening, while the first lived for two more days.

Dr Dosa and other staff are so confident in Oscar’s accuracy that they will alert family members when the cat jumps on to a bed and stretches out beside its occupant.

“It’s not like he dawdles. He’ll slip out for two minutes, grab some kibble and then he’s back at the patient’s side. It’s like he’s literally on a vigil,” Dr Dosa wrote.

Dr Dosa noted that the nursing home keeps five other cats, but none of the others have ever displayed a similar ability.

In his book, “Making rounds with Oscar: the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat”, Dr Dosa offers no solid scientific explanation for Oscar’s behaviour.

He suggests Oscar is able – like dogs, which can reportedly smell cancer – to detect ketones, the distinctly-odoured biochemicals given off by dying cells.

Far from recoiling from Oscar’s presence, now they know its significance, relatives and friends of patients have been comforted and sometimes praised the cat in newspaper death notices and eulogies, said Dr Dosa.

“People were actually taking great comfort in this idea, that this animal was there and might be there when their loved ones eventually pass. He was there when they couldn’t be,” he said.

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Cat hospice care and end of life care

For cats that are approaching end of life, cat families have several options. In all cases, the desire is for their beloved companion to spend his or her last days in dignity and free from pain while enjoying simple pleasures with the ones they love.

Your veterinarian at The Cat Practice will provide you with complete information on: 1) Hospice care, 2) Hospice care with euthanasia and 3) Euthanasia

Hospice care
Hospice makes no attempt to prolong life or hasten death.
The goal of hospice care is to keep pets as alert and pain-free as possible,
allowing them to live their remaining days in comfort, in their own homes.

Hospice care with euthanasia
With hospice care, euthanasia is used only as a last resort when it becomes evident that your pet’s illness has progressed and is causing serious chronic pain or distress.

In some cases, when a cat is suffering with little chance to alleviate pain or discomfort, euthanasia may be the most humane alternative. This would apply to cats that:

  • Have been seriously injured or maimed
  • Have a rapidly progressing illness that hampers breathing, swallowing or normal eating
  • Are unable to stand or move

Hootie was a patient in the Cat Practice’s hospice program. See how his feline companion took care of him in his final days in Farewell to Hootie at

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